Bernie Sanders is a name anyone who is an American political enthusiast would be familiar with. The septuagenarian is a United States politician with Democratic and Independent affiliations. He was once Vermont’s at-large Congressman and chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee for two years. He was also a mayor of Burlington in Vermont.
Currently, he is a junior United States Senator from Vermont. He has had a notable political career that has spanned over two decades and is also popular for his political ideologies. He has been an activist for civil rights since his University days and hasn’t relented until this time. The renowned politician is known for such political and civic tenets as diplomacy and international co-operation, paid parental leave, tuition-free tertiary education, less expenditure on the military, as well as several environmental concerns and advocacies.
He contested for the nomination as the Democratic Party presidential candidate in 2016 but lost to Hilary Clinton. He has again thrown himself in the race for the Democratic Party ticket for the 2020 US general elections. Bernie believes that he can make a difference in society and wants to do it through the Presidency. Here are other information about this democratic socialist and progressive.
How Old is Bernie Sanders?
Bernie Sanders was born on September 8, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York City, to Elias Ben Yehuda and Dorothy Sanders. He is of Jewish descent and was born in a middle-class family. Bernie Sanders attended P.S. 197 elementary school in Brooklyn and James Madison High School. He got admission to study at the Brooklyn University but later transferred to the University of Chicago where he graduated from with a degree in Political Science. He was always very enthusiastic about politics and began his political pursuits while in college as a student.
After college, he moved to Vermont and contested for the mayor of Burlington. He was a mayor from April 6, 1981, to April 4, 1989. He moved over to the national political scene when he won a seat as a US Representative. He served as a Representative from January 3, 1991, to January 3, 2007. Sanders was one of the few Independents in US history to have become a US Legislator. He currently holds a seat as a US Senator as he assumed this office on January 3, 2007. He has held other political positions in America and contested for Democratic presidential ticket but lost to Hilary Clinton with 46 percent of the pledged delegates.
Bernie Sanders Kids: How Many Children Does He Have?
Bernie Sanders was first married to his college sweetheart, Deborah Shiling. The couple apparently met in college and got married on 6th of September 1964 at Deborah’s parents’ garden. The marriage would end up in a divorce by the time 1966 came by without any children to show for the two years they spent together.
Soon after the divorce, Bernie met and dated Susan Campbell Mott before they split in 1969, although they had a son together. Bernie Sanders’ kid was named Levi and was born on the 21st of March 1969 in Johnsbury, Vermont. Twelve years later, he would get married again to Jane O’Meara who he met in 1981. Bernie adopted the three children Jane had from her previous marriage – Dave, Carina and Heather Driscoll.
While Levi is a politician who seeks to follow in the steps of his father, Heather is a homosexual entrepreneur who owns an online fashion line. The occupations of his other children are unknown.
How Much Is The US Senator Worth?
Bernie who began his political pursuits since 1981 when he contested and won as the mayor of Burlington, moved on to the national scene by becoming a US Representative and later a US Senator. The only means of livelihood associated with him is his political and writing career. Being a mayor of Burlington, Bernie welcomed hefty paychecks. According to Politico, his salary as a mayor was $33,800. He was also paid well as a US Representative – a position he held for a couple of years. He is currently a senator, who earns $174,000 according to Forbes.
He also earned a fortune from the success of his 3 bestseller books – Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (2016), Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution (2017) and finally Where We Go From Here: Two Years in the Resistance (2018). From all this, he has amassed a modest net worth of $2.5 million.